ethical stem cell research

Adult Stem Cells Build Trachea

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Those superior embryonic stem cells are not yet in any human trials, but the adult stem cell successes in humans just keep chugging along. A child has now had his own bone marrow stem cells used to help transplant a new trachea. From the story: […]

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“Direct Reprogramming:” Mouse Cells Transformed Into Brain Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Holy cow! Scientists have demonstrated that pluripotency may not be necessary to transform cells into other body tissues, meaning that “stem cells” might prove unnecessary in regenerative medicine. In mice, they transformed fibroblasts–cells that construct connective tissue –directly into functional brain cells. From the story: […]

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The Stem Cell Quest Resumes

Time Magazine’s cover article this week is on Stem Cell Research: The Quest Resumes. You can read it here. It’s basically another “blame it on Bush” piece on the tails of Obama’s “restore science to its rightful place” speech. Sorry, but I hate to mince words. Why would I say such a thing you ask? […]

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Smart Biotechnology Funding

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm in the Silicon Valley has just bet on adult stem cell research. While the amount of funding is still not known, we do know that they’ve invested in a new Bay Area company, iZumi Bio Inc. Collaborative work with iZumi and San Francisco based J.David Gladstone […]

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Cures Cures Cures!

So while the pro-cloners keep chanting “Cures Cures Cures” and billions of dollars in California go into the sink hole called the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, I must report on news like this – On the iPSC breakthrough, “A group of researchers including Kyoto University Prof. Shinya Yamanaka that successfully developed induced pluripotent stem […]

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Finnish patient gets new jaw from his own stem cells

This is a pretty cool bit of news! “Scientists in Finland said they had replaced a 65-year-old patient’s upper jaw with a bone transplant cultivated from stem cells isolated from his own fatty tissue and grown inside his abdomen. Researchers said on Friday the breakthrough opened up new ways to treat severe tissue damage and […]

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Another Advance in Ethical Stem Cell Research

Stem cells can be modified to home in where they are needed! “Researchers at the Biomedical Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston modified the surface of human mesenchymal stem cells — a type of adult stem cell that’s a precursor of bone-forming osteoblast cells. This modification directed the stem cells through the […]

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